Saturday, February 4, 2012


So my friend Bethany gave me a granola recipe and here's my take on it... Thanks Bethany!

I'm a purist when it comes to granola.  No nuts, no fruit.

You can add those things if you like.

My granola just has oats, coconut, wheat germ...and butter and honey, of course.

Oh, and I like a chewy - rather than super-crunchy - granola.

Just being up front with you.

So dump some coconut into a really huge bowl

and then add a whole bunch of old-fashioned oats into a really huge bowl.

Add some wheat germ.

Aren't you feeling healthy?

Don't worry.

That feeling won't last long.

Melt some butter with some honey

and then add some extracts.

Almond extract totally makes this granola.

Okay!  Now add some brown sugar to the oats bowl

and pour the honey and butter on top.

Good luck stirring it up.

Spread it on a sheet pan and bake it for an hour in a 200 degree oven.  Toss it every 15 minutes while it's baking.

You can store it in an airtight container if you want, but don't count on it lasting very long.  Just sayin'.

And I have to tell you...this is stuff is beyond description mixed with fruit and Greek yogurt.

Adapted from Bethany Farrar

8 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt

Melt together:
2 sticks butter
1 cup honey
2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a very large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, wheat germ and brown sugar.  In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and honey.  Remove from the heat and stir in the extracts.  Pour the honey/butter over the oats and stir well.  Spread on a half sheet pan (12x18) and bake in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes while baking.  Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.


Anonymous said...

Is this what you made us when Levi was born? I ate it with strawberries and yogart for weeks :)! Yum!

Elizabeth said...

Hey Stacy! Yes, this is the granola I brought it possible that was nearly 2 YEARS ago??? :) I hear you...I'm on a berry, yogurt and granola kick right now too! :)

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, I enjoy reading your comments and recipes. Have you thought of trying canola oil rather than butter in the granola? That's what my mom uses. Of course that would change the taste some I suppose.
Esther Z

Elizabeth said...

Thanks, Esther! I like granola with canola oil too, and it's definitely healthier, but nothing replaces the taste of butter! :) The butter also makes this more chewy instead of crunchy, so it's a different texture.

Anonymous said...

Good luck next week. I will be continuing to pray for you. I made this granola tonight- it is in the oven as we speak. We'll see how it turns out. :)


Elizabeth said...

Thanks, Aletta. It's starting to come together this week...looking forward to the chance to put all of my studying to work next week! Hope you like the granola... :)